TRACTION is a program of free weekly workshops for young people currently in secondary schooling and up to the age of 21, who live in the Logan area. Participants work with professional actors and artists through workshops in acting, movement and dance, singing, writing, directing and devising, technical production and stage management.
There are also opportunities for participants to attend live performance events around Brisbane, Logan and the Gold Coast, as well as access to skills development opportunities.
TRACTION is a place where everyone is accepted, and respected, for what they bring to the group. You do not need to study or have experience in drama or performance to attend – just a willingness to join in the fun.
The key goals for TRACTION are for all participants to discover their confidence, deepen or expand their talents, learn how to think critically about performance-making and career pathways in the arts, and to work with respect and acceptance in a diverse group. Having fun is really important too.
In the second half of each year the TRACTION ensemble work towards rehearsing their end-of-year performance, usually presented at the Logan Entertainment Centre.
This project is managed by Queensland Theatre. The project is funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services through the Diversity and Social Cohesion Program. The Australian Government is committed to addressing issues of cultural, racial and religious intolerance by promoting respect, fairness, inclusion and a sense of belonging for everyone. The Government believes that strong social cohesion is best developed by projects that bring all Australians together and in particular create connections across the community.
Through my almost 3 years of Traction, I have learnt how to work together with an ensemble to create a beautiful work of art. I have learnt how to project my voice, how to be a supportive ensemble member, how to encourage people, so many performing and creating related skills and how to totally own the stage. My confidence has grown so much! I no longer shy away from the stage, I crave it. I have developed new interests within the performing arts industry such as writing, set and costuming and of course performing. Traction has become my family and a part of who I am.